Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe doesn’t want to catch passes from a rookie quarterback this year.
Although there’s talk that the Vikings might be looking for a franchise quarterback in the draft, Shiancoe told NFL Network that he thinks the lockout and shortened offseason make it almost impossible for a rookie to be ready to start this season. So he wants to play with a veteran.
“The quarterback, that’s a dilemma right there,” Shiancoe said, via The Viking Age. “Being as the CBA is kind of cutting this offseason up a little bit — and that’s where camaraderie is built — especially rookies that’s where you learn the system, this is a whole new world for them. So that changes my whole approach on drafting a quarterback high. I would say we draft someone that could be a backup and that can learn. Right now we have to go with a veteran, someone that can adjust on the run. We might not even be practicing until August together, as a team collectively. That throws a monkey wrench in there.”
Making things even more difficult, Shiancoe said, is that the Vikings will be running a new offense under new coordinator Bill Musgrave.
“That’s also a dilemma,” Shiancoe said. “With a new coach and a new offensive coordinator they learn talent and learn the team and the players in the offseason — where can you use this guy? What are his strengths? What are his weaknesses? How can I plug this guy in here and there? Everybody is learning in the offseason. . . . I think the rookies are really going to hurt because it’s a brand new world for them.”
And playing with a rookie quarterback is a world Shiancoe doesn’t want to live in.